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Help Homeless Pet Owners and Their Animals

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When we are fortunate enough to have a home and a life that keeps us busy with work and play, it is easy to overlook the homeless. The same can be said about many of us as pet owners; we love our pets, feed them, shelter them, take them to the vet, and enjoy our lives with them. For the homeless, pet ownership is more complicated. While some have argued that the homeless shouldn’t own pets, others say it seems unfair that those people should be denied the comfort of a good animal, particularly when there are so many animals in need of a human to help them. Isn’t it noble for a homeless person to be willing to try and take on that responsibility, they argue?

What Can You Do to Help Homeless Pet Owners and Their Pets?

dogMany pet owners, whether homeless, or generally struggling financially, are faced with the possibility of relinquishing a beloved pet because they cannot afford to support them. It’s a heartrending decision, and it’s made worse by the fact that there are so many pets out there that need a home, theirs may not be adopted by someone else who can afford to keep the animal.

You probably know how and where to make donations for the homeless. Well, there are also places where you can make donations for pet care, too. There are many programs that accept all sorts of donations for the care of both homeless people and their pets. Pets of the Homeless, for example, was created to address this precise problem. You can also talk to your local pet shelter, homeless shelter, and veterinary clinic about what local organizations accept donations.

The next time you put food in a donation bin, add some good pet food, too. Those accepting donations will know precisely what to do with your donations. And, never forget that shelters of all kinds often need volunteers. You can offer to do any service they need, including helping out with animal care.

The world is better when we help each other. At Pet Vet Animal Hospitals, we support the adoption of homeless animals. Call us and talk to us about keeping pets safe and healthy.

When Obedience Training Doesn’t Work

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If you have had trouble with your pet’s obedience, you have probably been offered innumerable pieces of advice on how to manage it. It can be frustrating, particularly when you have exhausted all you know to do, and the advice is unsolicited. There are circumstances in which obedience training doesn’t work. It is true that some pets require much more obedience training than others—more training than you may be able to give or afford, in fact—but it is possible for there to come a time when you have to consider other options.

Professional Training

dog-200942_1280If you have done all you know to do, then you might be considering professional training. This doesn’t refer to classes like those offered at some pet stores. Instead, it means having a professional come to your home to work with you and your pet. If this goes on long, it can become expensive, so you will want to make sure you can afford the money and the time.

Medical Treatment

If you haven’t considered that your pet needs medical help, or if you haven’t explored that option, then you should. Sometimes, medication is all you need. At other times, it’s a combination of both medication and training. It is usually the latter. It could also mean you are still in for a difficult road, but at least you will have the help of your vet.

The Last Resort

No one wants to give up a pet. The very idea can bring up a lot of guilt. However, there are sometimes circumstances in which you have to consider what is best for you and your pet. Can you give your pet the life he needs? Does he require a lifestyle, or more time and money than you can offer? If you simply cannot handle your pet’s lack of obedience, despite trying all you are able, then it may be time to think long and hard about finding a better home, as sad as it may feel.

If you’re struggling with your pet’s obedience training, talk to us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We will do all we can to help.

Pet Separation Anxiety: When Humans Have It

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dogs, petsSome people might suggest that you have a problem. However, that’s not a diagnosis for anyone else to make except you and your doctor. Many pet owners would also argue that a touch of separation anxiety when leaving your pet is normal, particularly when you’re leaving them alone for a period of time, or with strangers. So, what is to be done?

Watch Out for Your Pet

There are a lot of things you can do to alleviate your anxiety about leaving your pet. If the anxiety comes because you’re leaving him alone in the house, invest in a camera. Wifi cameras are ready available today and they are very cost effective. You don’t have to worry about whether or not that camera is worth the expense, because it can come in handy for a number of things. Many of these cameras also have speakers so that you can hear and talk to your pet while your away. This could help you manage your separation anxiety a lot.

Trust is Key

If you’re nervous about leaving him with another person, start by only leaving him with people you trust. Family and close friends are your best bets for this. Of course, there are many boarding services out there, and finding one to trust isn’t always easy. You can look at reviews all day long and still not be sure. Talk to your loved ones about this, too. There are also some boarding services that will let you view your pet via a camera. You might even be able to arrange constant remote viewing with the click of a button, even if you have to provide your own camera. You never know unless you ask.

Your pet means a lot to you and it’s natural to worry. Never worry about your vet services; bring your pet into Pet Vet Hospitals and we’ll provide the best care of your beloved pet.

When is Your Pet Too Old for Cancer Treatment?

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When that inevitable moment comes and your pet is facing the end of his life, you will feel a range of emotions. All of them will be valid. Though it’s your vet’s job to remain professional and give you the facts, he or she will also have to make recommendations for you and your pet, and that’s not an easy job. It is no better when the diagnosis is cancer, and you simply don’t know if you should put your aging pet through cancer treatment, or say good bye.

Concerns About Cancer and Age

Old labrador retriever.If your pet is older and has cancer, it’s not uncommon for age to factor into your decision whether or not to pursue treatment, or how far to take that treatment. You may wonder if your elderly pet can withstand chemotherapy, or surgery. You might worry that medication side effects will be more pronounced.

The truth is that there isn’t an easy answer to whether or not you pet is too old for cancer treatment. It is possible that your pet would not survive cancer treatment, or that the disease has progressed so far that treatment would do more harm than good. Your vet will give you all the facts. He or she will make all the recommendations for treatment.

Asking Your Vet for Advice

If you ask for your vet’s take on the issue of age, she or he will be honest. Your vet will let you know of the risks, the possible results, and give you all the support possible. However, don’t be surprised if your vet is unwilling to tell you, outright, what route to choose. Trying to save a pet’s life, even when the situation is dire, is what your vet is all about. Of course, your vet also understands the desire to save your pet from the agony of cancer and treatment at the end of his life.

If the time comes for you to decide if your aging pet should receive cancer treatment, you want vets who care enough to be honest when advising you. You can trust our vets at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Starting the New Year with Your Pet

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A new year is on its way. Soon, people will begin preparing with hope for a year better than the last. In addition to the celebrations, they will begin preparing things like finances, and making health-related appointments for early in the year. Of course, your pets cannot do this for themselves. They need your help to be ready for everything the next year may throw at them. Start the new year with your pet in all the right ways.

Schedule a Checkup

Your pet nHappy New Year puppyeeds a doctor’s visit every year, just like you. And, just like you, when age comes, those visits might need to come twice a year. So, as you schedule your own doctor’s visits, go ahead and schedule that vet visit, too. If you get all this out of the way in the beginning of the year, you’ll be finished with it and won’t have to think about it again, hopefully, for the rest of the year.

Get Pet Insurance

Is your pet insured? You probably are, so why not your pet? Many of us put off getting pet insurance because we feel that we have time, but that incident that costs you a lot of money can happen at any time; it could happen tomorrow, in fact. Don’t put that off any longer. Make it your Christmas or Hanukkah gift to your pet. Or, if you know someone who needs it, give it as a gift to them. Helping someone take good care of their pet is always a good gift idea. That small monthly fee is nothing compared to what you could save should something happen in the coming year.

Start Saving

You have savings accounts for yourself, but do you consider your pet when you put money aside? Just like insurance, having some savings for your pet could be a great benefit for you. So, start saving this year. You don’t necessarily have to get a separate account, just add a little extra to whatever you already set aside for yourself. If you don’t use it by the end of the year, then the worst you have is some extra spending money for whatever you or your pet may need.

We can help you start the new year with your pet. Come see us a Pet Vet Hospitals.

Pet Safety During the Holidays

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The holidays can be great fun. So much that we sometimes forget to be safe. Our pets need help staying safe during the holidays, too. In all the excitement of decorations, food, people, and more, they don’t know how to sense and avoid dangers, and don’t know what poses dangers. Remember to practice pet safety during the holidays this season.

Christmas Tree Safety

pets-962215_1280Christmas trees are particularly tricky things when it comes to keeping your pets safe. A cat, in particular, is likely to be mesmerized by the tree and all its baubles. There are innumerable videos of cats wreaking havoc with the Christmas tree. Dogs are not immune to chewing on them, however. So, if you put up a tree, do your best to keep it blocked from your pets. Put it somewhere hard to reach and place the decorations too high for reaching paws.

Candles and Lights

Electric lights are a shock and fire hazard when they’re not used properly. If your pet gets into them, they could be deadly. Do what you can to keep those stringed lights out of sight and mind. If you light candles, keep them up and away from places where your pet can knock them over, too.

Gift Wrapping

While watching your pet play in the wrapping paper and string may look fun, your cat or dog could get tangled and trapped, not to mention make a mess of things. Do your gift wrapping somewhere away from your pets.

Poison Plants and Inedibles

Several of the common holiday plants—holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia—are poinsonous if ingested by your animals. If you use them, keep them well out of range. You may be eating a lot of special foods this holiday season, but remember that, no matter how good they may smell and taste, your pet doesn’t need them. Instead of giving your pet those rich scraps, get some special, pet-safe holiday treats.

No matter what or how you celebrate this season, we wish you the happiest of holidays and can’t wait to see your and your pet in the New Year at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Snuggle Your Pets this Season and Keep Them Warm

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Just as no one should ever leave their pet in a hot car, or exposed to extreme heat in general, pets should not be left in the cold, either. Yes, they have fur; but, this is not always enough to keep them safe and warm, particularly when the temperatures drop to freezing levels and your pet is outdoors.

Dog dressed with hat, scarf and sweaterThough it is more common for pet owners to have indoor pets, including dogs, there are still plenty of owners who prefer to let their pets roam the yard. Though you may have provided your outdoor dog with a house and beds, there is still plenty of exposure to the cold for him to endure. So, it’s important to have backup plans to keep your pets warm and safe.

Know the Temperature

Be mindful of temperature fluctuations. If the weather is cooling, get an idea of just how cold. Know at what temperatures your pet will be fine, when you need to put out more bedding, and when you need to consider bringing your pet indoors.

Have a Backup Plan

Weather can shift rather suddenly, and predictions are not always accurate. So, have some contingency plans. Outdoor pets are usually outdoors for a reason. If you can’t bring your pet into the house, consider setting him or her up in the garage. Of course, if the heat in your home isn’t functioning, then you may need to curl up with your pet so that you can both get warm together.

Also, if you’re not sure how much your pet can handle, talk to a vet. Some pets are better equipped to handle colder temperatures than others, and so you can set your rules according to their tolerance levels. Of course, it never hurts to be extra cautious and go with your instinct; if you feel that your pet might need that extra blanket, or to come inside, then go with your feelings.

Should you come across any problems or questions this winter, don’t hesitate to contact us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Check Your Pet’s Poop

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cleaning up after a bad dog - english bulldog with spray bottle and spongeIt’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it: dealing with pet poop. Every pet owner knows the annoyance and disgust of dealing with a pet’s droppings. Dog owners take their dogs out and pick up after them. Sometimes, they pick it up off the floor in the home. Cat owners scoop it out of the litter box. Sometimes, people pay others to take care of it because it is such a gross hassle.

The fact is that it must be done. However, that disgusting pet’s poop could be more important than you think. There are many, many pet health concerns for which symptoms include changes in fecal matter. When vets run tests on pets, they often test the poop to check for abnormalities, or the make sure there are none.

When your pet has an upset stomach, for example, she or he may have a watery stool, or diarrhea. This loose stool may tell you a few things; if it is loose, but still brown, it may be a simple case that calls for some unsweetened pumpkin. If the poop is very, very watery and continues to be so, or there is blood, it may be more serious and in need of a trip to the vet.

Just a few of the diseases and infections your vet can detect in your pet’s fecal matter are:

  • Tapeworms
  • Parvo Virus
  • Roundworms
  • Salmonellosis
  • Other worm types
  • And more…

This is why city ordinances often demand that all pet owners pick up after their pets, or face fines if they fail to comply; many diseases found in poop can spread to humans. This potentially toxic waste can be a public safety hazard. So, never underestimate the power of your pet’s poop.

Remember to take a quick look at your pet’s poop. It could tell you something about your dog or cat’s health. If you see something amiss, talk to us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Continue Heartworm Prevention in Fall and Winter

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It’s often a relief when the mosquitoes seem to be fewer in numbers. The weather is cooling steadily and mosquitoes are less of a problem in many places. While it is a nice change, it does not mean that the threats these bugs carry are gone entirely.

labrador-380800_1920If you’re tempted to take a break from your pet’s heartworm prevention, don’t.

The fact remains that heartworms are still a very real possibility for your pet, even in fall and winter. First, it can take months for heartworm symptoms to appear in your pet. Thus, your pet could still be fighting that infection as you enter in the fall season and you may not know. It is best for your pet to continue the standard preventative treatment throughout, just in case.

Additionally, all it takes for your dog, or cat to contract heartworms is one single bite from one stray mosquito. Since mosquitoes do not disappear entirely during the cooler seasons, there is still risk. If you live in a place like Houston, you know that winter does not always bring that incredibly cold weather. While you may be able to leave that mosquito spray at home the next time you go out, your pet needs your help with protection. An outdoor dog, in particular, needs some extra help.

The best methods for preventing heartworms from hurting your pet are prevention and attention. Prevention, of course, it giving your pet the regular medication all year long, no matter the season. Attention is knowing the signs of a heartworm infection and seeking help immediately. With these two keys, you can prevent and control heartworms for your pet’s sake.

If your pet needs heartworm prevention, come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals. Don’t let the signs of an infection get past you, either. The moment you notice something may be wrong, bring your pet in to us.

Never Forget the Importance of Microchipping

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In the wake of recent hurricanes, homes and lives have been left in disarray. This is true of both humans and animals. Owners were separated from their beloved pets during the chaos and some pets were simply left behind to survive on their own. The stories are saddening. They are also why microchipping exists.

man saves his dog from a floodReuniting Pets and Their Families

Fortunately, there are many trying to make the best of terrible situations. Volunteers have traveled from across the country to the cities hit hardest to aid both humans and animals affected by these natural disasters. Some have gone to help find these animals, rescue them, and provide them with temporary shelters. Vets have gone to offer medical care. And, of course, there are efforts to reunite these pets with their owners. If the latter isn’t possible, these volunteers try to find new homes for the animals.

Of course, a great deal of the problems associated with losing a pet are made much better through microchipping. In fact, some cities and states require that all adoptable pets be microchipped. The tiny microchips that are implanted under a pet’s skin are not only safe for the pet in the long-term, they’re a great safety measure overall. They help ensure that you’ll be reunited with your pet under such circumstances as a natural disaster. They also help prevent your pet from being lost in general, taken, and reduce the chances of something terrible happening, in general. A vet, or person at a shelter can have the chip scanned. You can also perform a search using your pet’s chip ID number. As long as the information is valid, you can be reunited with your pet.

Microchipping has the potential to save you and your pet a great deal of trouble and pain. In addition to your pet’s regular vaccinations and checkups, have your pet microchipped, if he or she is not already. Talk to you vet about how. Make sure to take care of the information, too, in case anything happens. At Pet Vet Hospitals, we hate to see families and their pets torn apart. Take precautions with microchipping.